Sunset is proud of our 16-year partnership with the Greater St. Louis Area Council Boy Scouts of America and the St. Louis Food Bank, as we successfully transported over 614,000 pounds of donated food in the one-day Scouting for Food drive on November 16, 2019.
On Nov. 16, 2019, hundreds of Greater St. Louis Area Boy Scouts (STLBSA), Scout leaders, parents, and Sunset Transportation volunteers worked together to help feed the hungry during Scouting for Food, the largest one-day food drive in the U.S. Sunset is a growing, St. Louis-based Top 10 3PL and we’re honored to have served 16 years in support of the Scouts through transportation and logistics in 2019.
The logistics of the day were fast-moving and complex: 31 drivers from the St. Louis Area Food Bank and local carrier volunteers worked over the course of 8-10 hours to palletize, load, and transport 614,526 lbs. of food from 36 St. Louis area firehouse collection sites to the St. Louis Food Bank. All donations are then distributed to a local network of more than 500 food pantries and banks throughout St. Louis metropolitan areas, southeast Missouri and southern Illinois regions. The food will provide 501,653 meals to meals for local families and individuals in need during the holiday season and beyond.
“Scouting for Food is something our teams look forward to every November. It’s a hectic day from the outside looking in, but highly rewarding for so many Sunsetters who take care of dispatching drivers, seeing the action at the firehouses with their own children, and assisting at the St. Louis Area Foodbank. The Sunset spirit continues each year we participate in this fantastic cause.”Lindsey Graves, Chief Operating Officer, Sunset Transportation
In 2004, Sunset Transportation started handling the delivery and logistics support for Scouting for Food when the U.S. Army (who was arranging transportation prior to Sunset) was deployed to Iraq. Since then, this event has become part of Sunset’s service-based culture with many of our staff contributing their time and logistics expertise year over year.
Sunset thanks the following St. Louis-area companies and carriers who volunteered items, drivers, equipment, and trucks to help transport the donations for Scouting for Food:
- ABF Freight
- Alcatraz LLC
- Angie’s Transportation
- Brothers Group Fleet Inc
- EJA Trucking
- Flanagan-White Express
- First Capitol Courier
- Gateway Express Transport LLC
- Newkirk Logistics
- Petro Logistics
- Pilot Freight Services
- Sibic Trucking LLC
- SDX Special Delivery Xpress
- Starex Transport LLC
- Collegiate Awards
- Lean Staffing Solutions
- Forklift America
- Goodcents Deli Fresh Subs
- Goop Hand Cleaner
- Hopkins Manufacturing Corporation
- JW Software
- Lou Realty Group
- Old Vienna, LLC
- Saia Motor Freight Line
- T.J. Wings
About Sunset Transportation – www.sunsettrans.com
Sunset is celebrating our 30th year in 2019! Whether it’s transportation brokerage, logistics management, TMS and shipper technologies, or freight payment services, Sunset offers solutions to best fit your business. Our commitment to quality and delivering on our five promises are the foundation of our success: savings, visibility, continuous improvement, data-drive decisions, and relationships, not transactions. Sunset Transportation’s corporate headquarters are in St. Louis, Missouri, with branch and agent offices across the United States.
About Scouting for Food – http://sff.stlbsa.org
More than 30,000 Cub Scouts, Boy Scouts, and Venturers annually help the needy, collecting more than 55 million food items to benefit children, adults and families in the St. Louis region. The annual one-day food drive, which stocks over 500 pantries in Missouri and Illinois, originated in St. Louis, and has since spread to other Boy Scouts of America councils. This year’s event was sponsored by the MERS Goodwill Missouri.
About St. Louis Food Bank – www.stlfoodbank.org
The St. Louis Area Food Bank, established in 1975, collects and delivers millions of food and personal care items annually to those in need throughout the bi-state area. Serving approximately 42,000 local people each week, the food bank provides four meals for every dollar donated and allocates 97 percent of its resources for food distribution.
About MERS Goodwill – www.mersgoodwill.com
MERS Goodwill changes lives through the power of work. Its vision is a community where everyone can learn, work, and achieve their greatest potential. Annually serving more than 60,000 individuals, the non-profit agency operates in 75 locations serving 89 counties in the bi-state area. Revenues from 44 Goodwill stores assist with funding MERS Goodwill job training and employment services. MERS Goodwill is a proud member of the United Way.